A SEARCH has been launched for health heroes who deserve to be rewarded for their dedicated efforts with the NHS.

The annual Chairman’s Awards run by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) are now in their tenth year.

And organisers are hoping entries will pour in for the 2019 version, so that those going above and beyond the call of duty can receive some well-deserved recognition.

John Brown, NHSGGC chairman, said: “People in Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire have a great track record in nominating their local health heroes and we want this to continue this year, with lots of new nominations.

“It might be the nurse who cared for your elderly mum while she was seriously ill or the doctor who went the extra mile to get you the latest treatment or even the midwife who gave you the strength to go on after 24 hours in labour.

“They are all special and the Chairman’s Awards are designed to recognise this.

“It’s not just about doctors and nurses either. It might be the porter who made you smile and helped you through a difficult moment or a play assistant who entertained your child before an operation.

“These are the real people of the NHS and we want to hear why you think they are special.”

There are a number of award categories to choose from, including Nursing, Global Citizenship, Volunteer and Better Care.

Mr Smith added: “Healthcare professionals working in the community and at our hospitals are only part of the NHS services provided.

“Thousands of residents in Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire are cared for by the many dedicated NHS staff at the Royal Hospital for Children, The Beatson Cancer Centre and other specialist centres in Glasgow.”

To nominate a local health hero, visit www.nhsggc.org.uk/chairmansawards.

The closing date for entries is Wednesday, July 31.